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New Bicentennial Book Now Available

The City of Mount Clemens has released a new commemorative history book entitled Capital of Macomb: A Bicentennial History of Mount Clemens, Michigan, 1818-2018. The new book is issued in anticipation of the city’s upcoming bicentennial observance in 2018.

During 2018, the city will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its platting by Christian Clemens and its establishment as the Macomb County seat. Planning is now underway for a variety of public events to commemorate the historic milestone.

Deborah Larsen, who is assistant director and local history librarian at Mount Clemens Public Library, wrote Capital of Macomb for the city’s bicentennial planning committee. The 40-page book presents a broad overview of the historical events that shaped the city over the past two centuries. It is illustrated in color with more than 50 images, some never previously published. Copies are $15 each, and all proceeds from sales of the book will be used to help defray costs of next year’s bicentennial events.

“This book is a perfect souvenir of our bicentennial celebration,” said Mount Clemens Mayor Barb Dempsey. “It would also make a lovely gift for family and friends who grew up in Mount Clemens but now live in other places. It reconnects them with home.”

Copies of Capital of Macomb are available for purchase at the library’s checkout desk. Anyone who does not live locally and wishes to order a copy by mail may call 586-469-6818, extension 315 to order a copy from the City of Mount Clemens.

Mount Clemens Public Library is pleased offer online homework help in over 40 subject areas from qualified tutors through Tutor.com.  This new service is available for students enrolled in grades K-12 or the first two years of college.  Any cardholder from our library may access the free tutoring service online between the hours of 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily.

How does it work? Just sign in to the Tutor.com site with a library card and pin number.  Click on the button to connect with a tutor and answer a couple of questions about your grade level and the type of homework assignment you are working on. You will then be placed in a virtual classroom with a qualified tutor for your subject area and grade.  As you chat with the tutor, your session will be recorded, and you and your parent may review the recording or transcript of your tutoring session at any time.  You may also upload reports, research papers and other assignments that you are working on to have a tutor review them and make suggestions for improvement.

Tutor.com is free to use, and it operates in a safe environment. Tutors are thoroughly tested in their subject areas before being employed by Tutor.com. They will not give answers to students, but will guide them through the material and help them to understand it and reach answers on their own.  Only first names are  used during sessions, and tutors never have contact with students outside of the virtual classroom.

Explore Tutor.com by clicking here, or use the Tutor.com button on the left side of the library’s web page.

Download E-books Free!

Summer is a great time to take advantage of the library’s downloadable e-book collection.  Whether you are at the beach or relaxing in a hammock in your own backyard, you can use your library card to select from thousands of current and popular titles in our e-book catalog.  All you need is a library card and an Internet-connected personal device such as a tablet, laptop, smartphone or e-book reader.

Click on the Downloads link on our library web site menu and select Overdrive E-Books and Audiobooks.  You’ll see a full catalog of fiction and non-fiction for all reading tastes.  To manage your selections more easily on portable devices, download the Libby Overdrive app from your app store.

As always, your library staff will be happy to answer any questions you have about using this free service.

Happy Reading!

Spring/Summer Fiction Sneak Previews

Here’s a look at what’s coming from your favorite authors this spring and summer. Registered library card holders may call the library at (586) 469-6200 to place holds on these forthcoming titles. When you place your hold in advance, you help your librarians decide how many copies of a popular title will be needed to meet demand. Registered library card holders may also place their own holds by visiting our online library catalog at www.mtclib.org. (You will need your library card number and PIN to use this feature).

Berg, Elizabeth. The Story of Arthur Truluv. (Coming in July). A touching novel about three people who have lost the person they love most, and must find a way back to happiness. Arthur, a widower, meets Maddy, an angry teenage girl, at the cemetery where he goes every day for lunch to visit his late wife. An unlikely friendship develops and along with Arthur’s neighbor, Lucille, the three band together and discover that life’s special moments are sweeter when shared. This is a moving story about finding happiness when hope seems lost.

Box, C. J. Paradise Valley. (July). The third book in the Cassie Dewell series. Cassie Dewell works for the Bakken County, North Dakota sheriff’s department. Her plan to track a serial killer goes horribly awry and she gets let go from her job. She decides to work alone to find the killer as well as a missing youth.

Evanovich, Janet. Dangerous Minds: A Knight and Moon Novel. (June). Evanovich delivers the second installment in the Knight and Moon Series. Emerson Knight is enlisted to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a Buddhist monk’s island of solitude two hundred miles northeast of Samoa. Knight and Moon go on a worldwide investigation which will expose a hundred year conspiracy in the making.

Evans, Richard Paul. The Broken Road. (June). Chicago celebrity Charles James has a recurring nightmare of walking down a long broken highway where the sides of the road are lit in flames. By day he wonders about the nightmares; he has everything – fame, fortune, and the lifestyle he has dreamed of since the poverty and pain of his childhood. Now he begins to wonder if he has wanted the wrong things.

Gerritsen, Tess. I Know a Secret: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel. (August). Another thriller with crime-solving duo Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. They investigate the gruesome murder of a horror film producer.

Grisham, John. Camino Island. (June). Grisham delivers another suspenseful crime novel looking into the world of rare book dealers. (more…)

Income Tax Help @ Your Library

It’s income tax season again, and your public library has helpful information to make the process less painful.  Use the links below to print tax forms, check on your refund status, or find an area tax preparation assistance site.

List of Senior Citizen and Low-Income Tax Assistance Sites
in Macomb County

Downloadable 2016 Income Tax Forms
Internal Revenue Service 2016 Federal Tax Forms

Michigan 2016 Income Tax Forms

City of Detroit 2016 Income Tax Forms

Tax Refund Inquiries
To check on the status of your federal tax refund, click here.
To check on the status of your Michigan tax refund, click here.

Important Contact Information

To request IRS tax forms to be mailed to you, call:
(800) 829-3676 (available M-F 8:00 am – 8:00 pm).
Your local IRS office is located at:
500 Woodward Avenue
Detroit MI 48226
(313) 628-3722
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To request Michigan tax forms to be mailed to you:
Current and prior year Michigan tax forms may be obtained by one of the following methods: Downloading the desired form from our web site or by calling 1-800-827-4000 and placing your request. Please allow 30 days for forms to be mailed.

These services are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Your local Michigan Department of Treasury Field Office is located at:
41300 Dequindre, Suite 200
Sterling Heights MI 48314
(586) 997-0801

Field office staff do not provide tax return preparation assistance. Offices shown as having ‘LIMITED ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE” have staff who will answer general questions, accept payments and distribute current year forms.

Introducing Newsbank’s America’s News

Mount Clemens Public Library and the Suburban Library Cooperative are pleased to announce that library patrons now have access to Newsbank’s America’s News.  This database provides full-text searching and retrieval of articles from over 3,000 U.S. newspapers, magazines and broadcast transcripts, as well as selected web-only news sources.  America’s News contains 100 newspaper titles from Michigan, including The Detroit News.

Users of America’s News may print, save or e-mail search results, and set-up custom e-mail alerts to notify them when new material appears in the database that matches a saved search.  America’s News will be useful for keeping up with current events, completing school assignments, compiling research reports, or researching family history.  The database may be used in the library with no sign-in required, or it may be accessed remotely by signing in with a valid library card number.

Macomb Cable Network and Mount Clemens Public Library Win State History Award

state-award-emblem-for-webMount Clemens Public Library and Macomb Cable Network (MCN) are pleased to announce that they have been selected as the winner of the 2016 State History Award in the media category for their jointly-created local history video series, A Minute of Your Time.

A Minute of Your Time presents local history topics in a one-minute format.  The series currently includes 41 episodes on a variety of local history topics, and airs during segments of MCN’s award-winning Bath City Beat program on local access cable channels across Macomb County.  The episodes are also available online from Bath City Beat’s YouTube channel.

Staff and student producers at MCN create the episodes from scripts and source materials drawn from the historical collections of Mount Clemens Public Library.  Several local civic leaders have also participated in the project by lending their voices to the narration of some of the segments.

To view the videos in the series, click here.  To view an episode guide to the available videos, click here.

The Historical Society of Michigan presents State History Awards to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The awards recognize the excellence of achievement  in the collection, preservation, and/or promotion of state and local history in a variety of categories, and are the highest recognition presented by the state’s official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

Thank You, Donors – We Made It!

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Thanks to many generous donors in our community, we have raised the entire $60,000 necessary to modernize the library’s elevator.  Work is underway now and we will have a safe and thoroughly up-to-date elevator in just a few weeks.

Please Help us Raise our Elevator!

elevator progress copy As most of our regular library users know, the library currently faces an urgent challenge that affects its ability to serve the people of Mount Clemens effectively. Our elevator – now nearly half a century old –  has been placed permanently out of service due to mechanical failure, causing an extreme hardship for the many senior and disabled citizens who use our free public meeting space on a weekly basis.

Mount Clemens Public Library has a long history of sound fiscal management and continues to earn high marks from its auditors. However, the economic downturn since 2008 has seriously impacted the revenue the library receives from its millage levy. The library has lost over two million dollars due to declining property tax revenues during this period. We have maintained library services during this crisis by cutting hours, reducing staff levels, implementing a wage freeze (now in its 5th year) and economizing on spending in all areas. While these steps have kept us on a sound financial footing, they have not allowed the library to set aside funds for the type of capital expenditure we now face.

The trustees and administration of Mount Clemens Public Library realize that as our community struggles to regain its financial footing, now is not the time to ask the taxpayers to approve an additional tax millage or bond issue to address the library’s building problems. Rather, we are asking our citizens to step up and make an investment in the future of Mount Clemens with a one-time gift to the library to help us raise $60,000 to modernize our elevator so that our building is once again fully accessible to citizens of all physical abilities.

If you are able, please consider a gift to Mount Clemens Public Library to raise our elevator. All contributions, large and small, will move us toward the goal. With your help, we hope to have a modern, working elevator in place by the end of the summer.

New Local History Video Series

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Mount Clemens Public Library and the Macomb Cable Network (MCN) are pleased to announce a collaborative project to present local history in a series of one-minute video features.  This new series is titled A Minute of Your Time, and as promised, will deliver local history stories in a video format of about a minute in length.

Using material gathered from the library’s local history collections, MCN’s award-winning staff and students are producing the segments for broadcast on area local access cable channels.  A Minute of Your Time features are also available any time through MCN’s Bath City Beat YouTube channel.

To view the YouTube playlist of currently available episodes of A Minute of Your Time, click here.  Remember to check back often, because additional episodes are in production and new videos will continue to appear.  As Mount Clemens and Macomb County look ahead to the 200th anniversary of their founding in 2018, A Minute of Your Time is a great way for local residents to connect with their community’s history. Check it out today!

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